Many famous musicians are against the music videogames like Rock Band and Guitar Hero. They say that it is taking kids away from the experience of playing a “real” instrument. However, John Drake from Harmonix says that he believes that these music games are really a way to get kids into playing music. In an interview Drake said:
“I think they’re missing the point. I think that they don’t understand why it’s a phenomenon. From my perspective, anything that gets kids interested in music and gets kids playing music in their house that isn’t an MP3 they stole off the internet, is a good thing. Anything that’s making money for music and making music relevant to kids again is a good thing. I think they think that we prefer people playing plastic guitars over real guitars, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth. We would love nothing more than for every kid that buys Beatles: Rock Band in September to immediately ask for a real guitar for Christmas because they’re inspired.”
I think that these types of music games are a good experience for young kids who are looking into maybe playing an instrument later in life. It is a good way to get them to learn beats and rhythm. These games also provide a newer and more fun way of playing music for kids.